Lets Talk cicadas damage

Good website.

But, no, this is not the year we’ll be seriously affected in S. Central Kentucky.


(I didn’t think it was…but memory not as good as it once was.)


Well the sites indicate North Alabama will not see a problem until 2024 with Brood 19 (XIX). My trees will be 4 years old then. Looks like a massive pruning to make them so I can cover with shade cloth and ride out the storm.


These maps…
I have seen several maps that do not seem to agree,.
Also maps with little dots in odd places , not shown on others.
( local micro colony ‘s ? )
So time will tell if they are coming to a orchard near you…?

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Thank you- looks like the horde stays on the western side of Chesapeake Bay and does not reach me. Excellent news!

Well, like I said above . Some of this information may not tell the whole story. Inaccurate records possibly. ? But a good guess .

Send me your address and I can ship you a few boxes full from the western side so you won’t miss the fun.


Yep, I remember XIX from last time (central Middle TN). Insane. I am very worried about my pawpaws, which, even at maturity, have lots of pencil-caliper branches. At the moment all i can think of is Surround.

Given how it is hard to put down Surround correctly (in particular the need to hit the bottoms of the branches) I would not put too much into this negative result… but I could have a different opinion in a few months!


Peach trees;
on my peaches, wood is either smaller than 1/4in (fruiting wood) or much larger.
Or most small wood damaged will be done fruiting and pruned off next spring?
I wonder if they wood lay eggs in green tender shoots, next years fruit wood?

Since they are terrible flyers I am wondering if aluminum foil wrapped around the trunks would help. It seems they crawl up the trees and this would make it a lot harder.
From some research I found the cicada wings are too heavy to make them good flyers and if we could slow down the progression up the fruit trees and force them elsewhere. This and a lot of ducks and chickens to eat all they can.

They are flyers… they just look really bad at it. From the last invasion I don’t remember the adults crawling up trees to lay eggs, I only remember the nymphs crawling up, and they fly to the tall trees after molting.


Brood XIV in Kentucky in 1991…females by the dozens pierced the bark of young apple trees and layed their eggs. Long term problems proved to be less than I expected…all trees survived…despite some having 20 or more cicadas deposit their eggs in the main trunk of the young trees. All but one of those trees are still alive…and have apples set on them this year.

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They’re HERE!! Noise is already getting on my nerves.

Really?! Yikes. I wouldn’t think the soil is warm enough up there but I’m no expert.

May the Schwartz be with you

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We had 70 - 80 and warm rain. Unless the tree frogs are going crazy in the middle of the day.

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It’s all good - I should’ve used the word surprised

Well on a good note, Paw paws survived the freeze and are blooming. :smiley:


Yeah I think most areas dodged a repeat of last year. But some I’ve heard, such as in East TN mountains, lost everything.

My red fleshed apples had set fruit…and they survived. Later blooms – those cold nights did thin other apples. All except an Anoka on standard root…it tends to have 1,000 apples one year and half dozen the next…this is the 1,000 year. So, if I desire them to size up, thinning is required.

Everything else looks good.

Mulberries, red mulberry, looks good.

Blueberries, excellent.

Early pawpaw blooms have 2 or 3 fruitlets per cluster.

{Cold damage in Corbin, KY definitely more serious than Somerset, Mt.Vernon or Berea.}

*No cicadas here. But do have tree frogs hollering.

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They are here… my first sighting of Brood X above ground:

This guy is early to the party, it is the only one I found.

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